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Health and Safety Risk Assessments

Health and Safety Risk Assessments

Under the UK Health and Safety legislation, all organisations must undertake a Risk Assessment covering all significant hazards within the workplace.  Those with 5 or more members of staff are required by Law to ensure that the Risk Assessment process is documented (although we recommend it as good practice no matter the size of your organisation).

A ‘hazard’ can be defined as anything that could have the potential to cause harm including fire, trip hazards, air quality, dangerous chemical and substances and working at heights.

A full Health and Safety Risk Assessment is a systematic evaluation of the hazards within the workplace and how those hazards are likely to happen and so cause harm either to your employees or visitors to your premises.
All significant hazards should be:

1. Considered how they could harm you or people around you

2. Documented and more importantly, detailed how they are controlled.

3. Understood by all staff in particular what measures they need to take to control the risks.

Ensuring that these Risk Assessments are in place within your organisation will aid in managing risks and avoid any injury, damage or ill health for your employees, and other people that come into contact with your business.

Do you have adequate Risk Assessments for the hazards associated with your business? If you are not sure, then why not get in touch with one of our Health and Safety consultants for a no obligation chat.

Risk Assessments Toolbox Talk

Download our Toolbox Talk on Risk Assessments and help every member of your team to understand the importance of them. 

Our talk breaks it down into 5 manageable and actionable steps.  You will find more Toolbox Talks on our Resources page.

What Constitutes a Risk at your Workplace?

Risks will vary between different organisations but some of the common hazards to consider are:

Slips and trips



Noise and vibrations

Working at a height





Lone working

Identifying the hazards present in your workplace is the first of 5 steps that should be undertaken when completing the Risk Assessment process. To help your team understand the other stages of the process download and print out our 5 Steps to Risk Assessments Leaflet.

How Sureteam can Help

Outsourcing your Risk Assessment process to a specialist and experienced team of Health and Safety consultants will not only ensure you are looking after your people and those they interact with, but will also save valuable time and worry by leaving it to the experts.

A fully qualified member of our team will visit your premises and working with your team create suitable and sufficient Risk Assessments by supporting their competencies with our own.

We also provide Risk Assessment Training to ensure that your team have the skills in-house to conduct these in line with best practice.

Give us a call on 01666 503686 for a no obligation chat with a member of our team to discuss your needs.

I received positive feedback for both Dave and Peter on the training they delivered and the staff found it really helpful. The course was very beneficial and it’s made staff think they now need to do a risk assessment as part of any activities they arrange.

Debbie Linton, Longfield Hospice – Level 2 Risk Assessment Training

Debbie Linton, Longfield – Level 2 Risk Assessment Staff Training

The feedback forms received give a 95% excellent feedback when Peter instructs.

Tina Adams, Systems Training Advisor, BAE

Give us a call

Our team are on hand for any advice you need give us a call on 01666 503686 to discuss your health and safety needs. With Sureteam, you have got it covered.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you employ more than 5 members of staff you are legally required to document your Risk Assessment findings, however we recommend it as good practice for all businesses regardless of their size to do so. 

In any event, all controls identified should be implemented, and all staff informed of what they need to do to minimise the risk.

Yes, if you already have Risk Assessments in place we can review these with you to make sure you have considered everything.  Many businesses find it useful to have a fresh pair of eyes take a look at everything.

Get in touch with our team on 01666 503686 and we can give you a fixed price quote for reviewing them for you.

Yes, we have a level 2 and level 3 Risks Assessment (RQF) Training course that are both trainer-led.

Level 2 is for those who are involved in the risk assessment process giving them a greater understanding of the process, whilst the level 3 is for those who have responsibility for carrying out risk assessments and ensuring they can complete them thoroughly.

View our Risk Assessment Training.

More Resources

Seeking further advice and support, why not take a look at our Resources section with toolbox talks, HSE publications and useful links or read our latest blog post for advice from our team

We see Sureteam as a key extension to our own internal health and safety team here at Squared. Sharing many of our own values, and acting as a “critical friend”, they add real value across all levels of the organisation.

Having taken the time to get to understand who we are and what specific risks we face, means that their advice and training is always practical and relevant. They are always accessible and happy to help support anyone within the organisation and through our ever-evolving relationship we have been able to build and maintain a safe and secure organisation for our teams, customers and wider community.”

Claire Bryan, Director of People Excellence, Squared

The training that we received from Sureteam was fantastic. Peter was informative, knowledgeable and made the training accessible and relevant to us. Peter related all the information to the context of our setting and used examples to highlight the important information that we needed as well and giving us advise about what we could improve and take forward following the training.

Lisa Hoult, Head of Youth Services, Tetbury Area Youth & Community Trust

Participant of Fire Safety Training

We receive a very professional service from Sureteam and have the knowledge of knowing we can contact them and will receive excellent expert advice. I would have no hesitation in recommending them as a company who always provide what they promise.

Risk Manager, North London Hospice

Sureteam really are the whole package when it comes to Health and Safety providers. As an in-house Health and Safety Manager the safety of my staff and customers is paramount at all times but with the additional support of Sureteam I have added piece of mind that I am supported fully.  Whether it is helping me to stay up to date with regulation changes, get a fresh set of eyes on our procedures or get additional, practical advice and support on new issues should they arise.  Over the years I have developed a fantastic, close working relationship with the entire team at Sureteam and look forward to that continuing for many years to come.

Gill Findlay, Installation QH+S Manager – Langley Design

Having worked with Sureteam since we started the business and been impressed by their expertise and professionalism, we knew that we wanted to partner with them for this larger project. Knowing that we could trust them absolutely to ensure our compliancy with the CDM Regulations and to deliver and provide high-quality health and safety advice, documents and training was so important to us, our sub-contractors and ultimately our client.

Our new two-tier contract system with Sureteam, really provides us with the flexibility and service that we require given the changeable nature of the projects we work on and helps ensure our budgets are spent wisely.  Knowing we have their support in this way means we can tender for larger projects with confidence.

Paul Aubrey, Director – Corella Ltd

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